The Christine Administration and the County of Union have awarded the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year honor to Orange Avenue School eighth grade teacher, Michael Seaman.
The winning teacher from each county was chosen by a countywide panel of administrators, teachers, parents and county education association representatives, which was organized by the executive county superintendents of schools.
In February, Seaman was named by the Cranford School District as their teacher of the year for the 2013-2014 school year.
Seaman has been an 8th grade literature/process writing teacher at Orange Avenue School since 2005. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Kean University. His article, “Beyond Anti-Bullying Programs,” was published in the May 2012 NJEA Review.
"Each of us can recall special teachers who, through their knowledge and inspiration, helped us achieve greater heights as students and even played a role in shaping our future," said Education Commissioner Chris Cerf. "These teachers are such an inspiration to their students and to all of us here in New Jersey."
From the county teachers, a statewide panel will choose one New Jersey teacher
of the year. The top five finalists will submit a written
application and video submission and the panel will interview them.
The NJ State Teacher of the Year will be announced at the October State Board of Education meeting and the winner will represent New Jersey in the national teacher of the year competition.